Write Your Resumé the Easy Way
Once you know the position you want, identify the skills,
personality traits, training, education and experience
needed for that objective. These will be your selling
points, or areas of emphasis. For example, does the
position require excellent communication skills, or
instead demand analytical or organizational abilities?
Determine exactly what skills or abilities are needed
for the job you want, listing several of the skills
required. This is what the employer will be looking
After you know what the employer wants, show how your accomplishments,
training, skills and experience fit. Ask, How did I use those same
skills in the past? List the strongest abilities, training, and
accomplishments that make you a good candidate for the position. Next,
write a summary of qualifications by highlighting relevant experience,
training, and credentials, mentioning a few significant accomplishments,
and one or two outstanding skills or abilities. If you don't write a summary,
your best stuff will be buried in your resume, waiting for the employer
to find it. The purpose of a summary is to show up front that you are
qualified and that you are especially talented in areas that matter to
After you write a summary, you can develop your work history. The
important thing to remember is that when listing past experience, don't
write boring, generic job descriptions. Although many will tell you to
use action verbs, don't get carried away with supervised
the stock room, calculated figures for budget,
and took meeting minutes for vice-president, ad infinitum.
How does that make you stand out from the crowd? Instead, describe the
benefits or results of your activities and how you achieved them.
For instance, did you increase efficiency or organization, help save money,
solve a pressing problem, or increase company revenues? An example might
be, Saved employer thirty-three percent by conscientious and meticulous
quality management. Be sure to focus on what you enjoyed, and what
gave you a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. Remember, the employer
isn't interested in job descriptions. He or she wants to know how hiring
you will benefit the organization.
You are nearly finished! All that remains is to list your pertinent education
and training, including any related study in your field, and any special
skills or proficiencies that make you a desirable candidate. Don't list
skills or proficiences you dislike, or that are unrelated to the job you
seek. You don't want to spend a lot of time typing or adding figures,
do you, just because you're fast?
As you add the final touches, try not to aim for developing one perfect
resume, with a one-size-fits-all philosophy. In other words, don't send
the same resume to several different employers, with only your cover letter
changed (or only the employer's name and address.) Be careful to target
each resume for each position applied for. With this specific objective
in mind, you can cite accomplishments, key words, skills and personality
traits that mirror its requirements.
A Final Word
Before you print out your resume or send it to the typesetter,
carefully proofread and check your final draft. Be sure
you are clear and concise, and be extra careful to find
the lowly grammatical error or inadvertent typo. Neglect
in this area can send your resume mercilessly into the
now bulging paper shredder, no matter what your qualifications.
It's a little like sporting scuffed shoes, missing a
button, or wearing a zapped pants zipper to an interview.
You may be perfect for the job, but your presentation
just lacked that little finesse!
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